Family:Whitney, Nathan (1707-1804)

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Nathan4 Whitney (Nathaniel3, Benjamin2, John1), son of Nathaniel3 and Sarah (Ford) Whitney, was born 10 Jan 1706/7, York or Gorham, ME,[1] and died 1804, Gorham, ME, aged 95.[2]

Marriage intentions were published 29 Aug 1730, York, ME, for him "of Biddeford" and Lydia Young "of York". He "of Biddeford" married firstly, 12 Nov 1730, York, ME, Lydia Young "of York",[3] daughter of Matthias and Eleanor (Haynes) Young. She was born 15 Oct 1711, York, ME. She died before Oct 1748 at prob. Biddeford, ME, based on Nathan's second marriage 20 Oct 1748, Biddeford, ME.

Marriage intentions were published 6 Oct 1748, Biddeford, ME, for him and his second wife Elizabeth Melcher "both of Biddeford".[4] He married secondly, 20 Oct 1748, Biddeford, ME, Elizabeth (Bailey) Melcher "both of Biddeford".[5] She was born circa 1707, Portsmouth, NH. She married firstly, 25 Dec 1723, Portsmouth, NH, Edward Melcher.

He was also known as Elder Nathan Whitney. History and much information comes from "The History of Gorham, Maine", by Hugh D. McLellan, 1903. Not in the Whitney extracts from the Gorham, ME, VR's for either birth or marriage. A Nathan Whitney is shown in those VR's as dying in 1804 at age 95, which could be this man if the memory of age/birthdate was off by only one year. He was in Gorham, Cumberland County, ME, by 1763. Since his father's family was of York, and his younger siblings were all born in York, despite the source above, I will choose to identify his birth with York. GDMNH shows him as the Nathan Whitney who bought property in 1730 in Saco from William Presbury (and supposedly his brother, Stephen Presbury). This may account for him being listed as "of Biddeford" in his marriage record in the York VR's, as Biddeford is right next to Saco. He was son of Nathaniel, was one of the early settlers in Gorham. He came to this town from Biddeford, where his children were born. In 1752 he purchased of Enoch Freeman of Falmouth the thirty acre lot, 26, with the dwelling house and barn thereon. He was a prominent and influential citizen of Gorham, and served on many important town committees. He was also active in religious matters. We find him recorded as an early elder in the church. He married Lydia, daughter of Matthias Young of York, Me. Children: David, b. Apr. 8, 1732, m. Hannah Brown, Feb. 1, 1754, 2nd, Abigail Knight, 3d, Rebecca Edgecomb; Abel, b. Aug. 20, 1734, m. Thankful Morton, Dec. 16, 1758; Lydia, b. Dec. 11, 1736; Sarah, b. Aug. 15, 1739, m. Ebenezer Morton, Dec. 27, 1758; Nathan, b. Apr. 30, 1742; Matthias, b. Mar. 8, 1743/4; John, b. Apr. 4, 1747, m. Elizabeth -----, one child, b. in Gorham, Mary, b. Jan. 18, 1776, d. in the Army, May 5, 1776. Nathan Whitney married second, Oct. 20, 1748, Elizabeth Melcher of Biddeford. Children: Anna, b. Sept. 5, 1749, m. Ebenezer Watson, p. Sept. 22, 1771; Ebenezer, b. July 30, 1751; Asa, b. Dec. 17, 1754, m. Patience Weston, p. Apr. 15, 1775, 2nd, Mrs. Davis. Elder Nathan Whitney died in Gorham in 1804. He was also known as Naham Whitney. He lived in 1763 at Gorham, ME.

Pierce says the following:[6]

He was a prominent and influential citizen, and was called Elder WHITNEY.

Nathan Whitney was a church member before 1742, Biddeford, ME.[7] He was a member of a church committee, 10 May 1750.[8] He was dismissed from the Biddeford church.[9]

Lydia Whitney was a church member before 1742, Biddeford, ME.[10]

Elizabeth Whitney was dismissed from the Biddeford church.[11]

Children of Nathan4 and Lydia (Young) Whitney, all born Biddeford, ME:

i. David5 Whitney, b. 8 Apr 1732;[12] m.(1) Hannah Brown; m.(2) Abigail Knight; m.(3) Rebecca Edgecom; m.(4) Lydia Moore.
ii. Abel Whitney, b. 20 Aug 1734;[13] m. Thankful Morton.
iii. Lydia Whitney, b. 11 Dec 1736;[14] m. Stephen Bryant.
iv. Sarah Whitney, b. 15 Aug 1739;[15] m. Ebenezer Morton.
v. Nathan Whitney, b. 30 Apr 1742;[16] m. Patience Barnard.
vi. Matthias Whitney, b. 8 Mar 1743[17] or 12 Maar 1744;[18] bapt. 8 Apr 1844;[19] m. Abigail -----.
vii. John Whitney, b. 4 Apr 1747;[20], bapt. 18 Apr 1747;[21] m. Elizabeth -----.

Children of Nathan4 and Elizabeth (Bailey)(Melcher) Whitney, all born Biddeford, ME:

i. Patience5 Whitney, b. 5 Sep 1749.[22]
ii. Anna Whitney, b. 5 Sep 1749;[23] bapt. 30 Oct 1749;[24] m. Ebenezer Watson; div. Ebenezer Watson.
ii. Ebenezer Whitney; b. 30 Jul 1751;[25] bapt. 10 May 1752.[26]
iii. Asa Whitney, b. 17 Dec 1754; m.(1) Patience Weston; m.(2) Phebe Hopkins.

Census

References

1.^  "Nathan Whitney [s. Nathll. and Sarah (Foord)] Borne Janr: 10: 1706/7," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

2.^  "Nathan [Whitney], [died] 1804, aged 95," according to Marquis Fayette King, comp., Publishments, marriages, births and deaths from the earlier records of Gorham, Maine (Portland, ME: Maine Genealogical Society, 1897).

3.^  "Nathan Whitney of Biddeford & Lydia Young of York intend Marriage, Entered Augt 29. 1730 ... [married] Novembr 12. 1730," according to Lester MacKenzie Bragdon and John E. Frost, Vital Records of York, Maine, prior to 1892 (Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 1992).

4.^  "Nathan [Whitney], and Elizabeth Melcher, b. of Biddeford, int. Oct. 6, 1747," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 22.

5.^  "Nathan [Whitney], and Elizabeth Melcher, b. of Biddeford, m. Oct. 20, 1748," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 104.

6.^  Frederick C. Pierce, The Descendants of John Whitney, Who Came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635 (Chicago, IL: The Author, 1895), p. 62.

7.^  "Nathan [Whitney], chh. mem. before 1742, dism.," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 47.

8.^  "Nathan [Whitney], dism.," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 51.

9.^  "Nathan [Whitney], committee member, May 10, 1750," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 91.

10.^  "Lydda [Whitney], chh. mem. before 1742," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 48.

11.^  "Elisabeth [Whitney], dism.," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 51.

12.^  "David [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Apr. 8, 1732," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 15.

13.^  "Abel [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Aug. 20, 1734," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 15.

14.^  "Lydia [Whitney], d. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Dec. 11, 1736," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 15.

15.^  "Sarah [Whitney], d. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Aug. 15, 1739," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 15.

16.^  "Nathan [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Apr. 30, 1742," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), pp. 39, 43.

17.^  "Matthias [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Mar. 8, 1743," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 39.

18.^  "Matthias [Whitney], d.[sic] of Nathan and Lydia, b. Mar. 12, 1744," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 43.

19.^  "Matthias [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydda, bap. Apr. 8, 1744," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 58.

20.^  "John [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Apr. 4, 1747," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 43.

21.^  "John [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Lydia, bap. Apr. 18, 1747," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 61.

22.^  "Patience [Whitney], d. of Natha[n] and Elisabeth, bap. Jun. 26, 1748," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 62.

23.^  "Anna [Whitney], d. of Nathan and Lydia, b. Sep. 5, 1749," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 43.

24.^  "Anna [Whitney], d. of Nathan and Elisab[e]th, bap. Oct. 30, 1749," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 64.

25.^  "Ebenezer [Whitney], s. of nathan and Lydia, b. Jul. 30, 1751," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 43.

26.^  "Ebenezer [Whitney], s. of Nathan and Elisabeth, bap. May 10, 1752," according to Beatty, John D., ed., Vital Records of Biddeford, Prior to 1856; Maine Genealogical Society Special Publication No. 28 (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1998), p. 67.


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